User Review: Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
Warm, warm, warm, fuzzy jacket with breathability and stretchiness to boot. The jacket is said to be non-piling, but I'm not so sure about that. Also, if you and your wife/girlfriend are already together, wear this on a date. If she is not your girlfriend yet, think twice—the fuzziness may be too much for unattached women.
Size L, black, bought 6 years ago. 5'9, 195. Fits very nice, even flattering. Ill start out with things this jacket does not do: repel water or wind (just wear a shell).
That being said, this jacket does just about everything else. It is very very warm. I asked the REI salesman whether it blocked the wind, and he told me that when I wore this jacket I would appreciate wind. He was right. This is a comfortable jacket, with all that fuzziness.
My former girlfriend (who is now my wife) loved to hug me in this jacket. Who doesn't love hugging a fleece blanket? That is also the source of this jacket's greatest esthetic weakness: until you are on hugging terms, this jacket may be a little much. Pretend you ate a sandwich yesterday...you now have crumbs stuck in your jacket. Pretend you wear your seatbelt in a car... the shoulder belt compressed the fleece and you have a stripe of matted down fleece across your jacket. You can probably live with that, and people generally don't make sasquatch comments to me, but, "wow, that's a fuzzy jacket," with wide eyes has made me wonder.
On the other hand, if "a little much" is your style (say, if you are from Bellingham, WA, or are personally offended by Portlandia) then you should probably buy this jacket. Or you already did, and should get another one as well.
I love this jacket. It's really not overly fuzzy for me, and who cares when you are warm. Think drive-in movie night in central Whidbey Island during September.